Newbery Authors Panel
Children’s book authors Andrea Beatriz Arango and Meg Medina meet for a conversation about what it means to write the books they wanted to read in their youth.
2023 Same Page Community Read
We’re pleased to share that our 2023 Same Page featured book is Ross Gay’s “The Book of Delights.” Gay will be in conversation about this book and his most recent work, “Inciting Joy.”
Crowns & Claws: Coming of Age in YA Fantasy Fiction
Debut authors Emily Thiede and Andrew Joseph White discuss their YA fantasy/dystopian novels.
National Book Foundation Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book Awards
John Keene (“Punks: New & Selected Poems”) and Robert Samuels & Toluse Olorunnipa (“His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice”) discuss how singular stories collectively shape history.
Poets Across Genre
In this panel, poets Quan Barry, Thorpe Moeckel, and Lisa Russ Spaar discuss their forays into prose.
Origin Stories: Belief & Identity in VA Memoirs
These memoirs from VA professors Sofia Samatar and Matthew Vollmer explore how family, history, and religion shape our backgrounds.
SHELF LIFE—Living Queer History with Samantha Rosenthal
Samantha Rosenthal discusses Living Queer History: Remembrance and Belonging in a Southern City and the LGBTQ community in Roanoke, Virginia, that the book documents and celebrates. Interweaving historical analysis, theory, …
SHELF LIFE—Tastes Like War with Grace M. Cho
Grace M. Cho discusses her latest book, Tastes Like War, which was a nonfiction finalist for the 2021 National Book Award. Part memoir, part sociological investigation, Tastes Like War offers …
SHELF LIFE—EcoPoetics: Poetry and the Natural World
Poets Kathy Davis (Passiflora), Danielle Beazer Dubrasky (Drift Migration), and Cathryn Hankla (Not Xanadu) read from and discuss their recent collections. All three hold ties with Virginia and depict its …
SHELF LIFE—Rediscovering Earth: A Conversation with William deBuys and Bill McKibben
William deBuys (The Trail to Kanjiroba) discusses his latest book in conversation with Bill McKibben. In The Trail to Kanjiroba deBuys brings attributes of memoir and travel and nature writing …
SHELF LIFE—The Kissing Bug with Daisy Hernández
Daisy Hernández (The Kissing Bug) and Dr. Rachel Marcus discuss Chagas, the rare and devastating parasite-borne illness that is prevalent in the U.S. Latinx community. In The Kissing Bug Hernández …
Virtual Storytime Marathon
Cherie Fu (Little Messy Marcy Su), Shannon Hitchcock (She Sang for the Mountains), Juana Medina (Juana & Lucas: Muchos Changes), Sana Rafi (Little Seeds of Promise), and Brittany J. Thurman …